To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Mokonyama’s research interests are methodologies for translating society’s transport-related needs into appropriate transport policy, designs, plans and associated management systems.
De Beer is a principal researcher active in the areas of flexible and rigid road pavement materials, new and rehabilitation design and analysis methods of road pavements.
Nordengen leads the CSIR’s work on self-regulation and performance-based standards for heavy vehicles, bridge management, heavy vehicle transport and overload control, and abnormal vehicle management systems.
O’Connell’s research focuses on the introduction of a new performance-graded binder specification for pavement construction in southern Africa, and the establishment of bituminous binder ageing models which can be linked to asphalt pavement life expectancy and pothole development.